Peter’s Confession about Jesus, The First Prediction of the Passion, and The Conditions of Discipleship

September 12, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 50: 4C-9A PS 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 JAS 2:14-18

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MK 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples set out

for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.

Along the way he asked his disciples,

“Who do people say that I am?”

They said in reply,

“John the Baptist, others Elijah,

still others one of the prophets.”

And he asked them,

“But who do you say that I am?”

Peter said to him in reply,

“You are the Christ.”

Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them

that the Son of Man must suffer greatly

and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,

and be killed, and rise after three days.

He spoke this openly.

Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,

rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.

You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,

take up his cross, and follow me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for my sake

and that of the gospel will save it.”


meet our extended family

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian (Feast Day September 16) 

d. 253, 258 

St. Cornelius was elected to succeed St. Fabian as the Bishop of Rome (pope), after Fabian was killed in a persecution in the year 250. The Church faced not only persecution, but also opposition from within. A priest named Novatian denied the Church’s authority to forgive apostacy. Novatian and his followers believed that those who renounced the faith could not be accepted back into the Church even if they had repented. Novatian had himself consecrated as a rival Bishop of Rome, thereby becoming an anti-pope. St. Cornelius called a council of bishops together to settle the dispute. The council condemned Novatian’s view. Pope Cornelius, backed by St. Cyprian and other bishops, upheld the Church’s teaching, and allowed sinners to do penance and return to the Church. In 253, St. Cornelius was exiled by the authorities, and died a martyr soon afterward.


St. Cyprian was a famous lawyer and orator in North Africa. He didn’t become a Christian until age forty-six, then later became a priest and the bishop of Carthage. St. Cyprian went into hiding during the Roman persecution of 250, to allow himself to continue ministering to his people. He, like Cornelius, had to deal with the beliefs of Novatian. During this time another priest took over his position and then forgave all those who renounced the faith without requiring any penance of them at all. This position was too lenient, and Cyprian succeeded in having it condemned by the Church. New persecutions broke out under Emperor Valerian. St. Cyprian was arrested and tried for being a Christian. When he was read his death sentence, he exclaimed “Blessed be God!” He was martyred in 258. 


Take time to chat

⦁ How would you describe Jesus to someone who does not know him?

⦁ What was the reaction of the disciples when Jesus told him about his passion, death and resurrection? Do you think they were confused?

⦁ Why was it important for Peter to not impede God’s plan?

⦁ What strikes you about the story of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian?


Recipe of the week

Ancient Appetizers

Serve food that your family’s favorite Bible heroes ate. Make a first century Palestine “charcuterie” board by creating a plate of appetizers that includes rustic loaves of bread or crackers, including those made with ancient grains, such as spelt or millet. Finger foods include dried fruits such as figs, dates or apricots, and sliced olives. Ensure that pits are fully removed for the safety of small teeth. Add some hummus and pita bread and enjoy!


Family Fun

20 Questions Game

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asked questions of his disciples. Playing this simple game will not only remind us of the Gospel, but also improves deductive reasoning.

One person thinks of an object and the other players to ask up to 20 “yes” or “no” questions to determine, through the process of elimination, what the object is. To narrow down the categories, consider questions such as: Is it living or has it lived? Is it an animal? Does it grow from the ground? Is it a vegetable or mineral?

The winner is determined by whether the person who thought of an object is able to successfully answer each of the 20 questions without giving away the object OR whether the person who is asking the questions is able to correctly guess the object in 20 or less questions.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Personalized Prayer Columns

Choose a word in each column. Then read your prayer starting with your circled word in the left column and reading across. You can add a word at the end of the column if you have a specific word you want for your prayer. Have each family member share the prayer they created.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

How many crosses and crucifixes do you see at church today?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

What heavy crosses are you bearing? Share these crosses/situations with your family members. Resolve this week to give your crosses to Jesus so that he can carry them with you.

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